Archive for December, 2010

December
25th
2010

Christmas Day Istanbul


Christmas day Istanbul

Our Christmas day dawned with an empty fridge, no tree and a house empty of gifts. Had we been celebrating the festive season in England or New Zealand this would have been a disaster of gargantuan proportions. Here in Turkey with shops open, public transport operating and the weather warm enough for a tee-shirt, our day was off to a grand start. – Posted by Justin

December
24th
2010

Merry Christmas From Turkey


Merry Christmas from Istanbul

There are no empty parsnip bins at the supermarket. No desire to browse for emergency presents. No pine tree sellers charging extortionate prices for a dead tree. No barbecues (New Zealand) nor detailed planning to combat lack of public transport (London). From the first place we’ve ever lived where Christmas isn’t celebrated we’d like to warmly wish everyone a happy holiday period. – Posted by Emma + Justin

December
19th
2010

Travel Plans 2.0


Travel Plans 2.0

When we set out in April 2010 we were well aware that Europe was the easy part. We had ample time to reach our goal of Istanbul and with six months to our disposal we could afford to cycle around in circles and off in tangents before winter. Now with three months before we start cycling again our planning has become a little more intent. For this part we’ve got two big countries to cross – each of which could suck up six months on their own – and the tricky little complication of travel visas. – Posted by Emma

December
10th
2010

Weighing In For A Walk


Weighing in for a walk

It was only when I was selecting items to fill a backpack for a three day hike along some of Turkey’s Lycian Way that I realised quite how luxurious the baggage limit for fully loaded cycle touring is. Apart from boots which have been carried on my rear rack all summer like a pair of spoiled princesses, I don’t own hiking stuff. – Posted by Emma

December
1st
2010

Istanbul Cycle Tourists – Nov


Istanbul Cycle Tourists - November

Over the last six weeks in Istanbul, we have been amazed by the number of passing cycle tourists that have contacted us to meet up for a drink or who have made themselves at home with us for a few days. Since our first post about some of the cycle tourists we met in Istanbul we were expecting visitor numbers to dwindle into the winter months but so far they show no sign of letting up. – Posted by Justin